S02 E23: Standup For Yourself

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Performing stand-up is a nerve-wracking experience in theory, but what is it like to be doing it day after day, week after week, and experiencing the highs & lows that come with it?
On this episode of The Empowering Series, Host Zarina Poonawalla sits down with hilarious comedian Shreeja Chaturvedi. Shreeja was recently featured in the second season of 'Comicstaan' on Amazon Prime. She talks about her journey as a stand-up comedian, the way she perceives her struggles and what makes her feel the most empowered.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.

S02 E22: The Body Cheerleader

Most of us have been body-shamed in one way or another. It is advisable to introspect but we waste a lot of time seeking perfection and in self-criticism. The first step is to love and embrace your body. Most of the insecurities stem from our exposure to the representation created by the mainstream media.

This week on The Empowering Series, host Zarina Poonawalla is joined by Rytasha Rathore, host of the podcast 'Agla Station Adulthood'. Rytasha shares some profound thoughts on how one should be comfortable in one's own skin. She talks about how media and societies are portraying conventional standards of beauty. She also talks about body positivity, adulting problems, and why it is important to inculcate self-love by listening to one's inner voice.

Tune in to the episode to find out some tips and tricks on how to overcome and respond to someone that body shames you.

You can listen to this show and other episodes of Agla Station Adulthood on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.

S02 E21: Don't Give Up. Stand-Up

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It is said that Laughter is the best medicine, and stand-up comedy is an art that blends the truth with frank honesty, vulnerability, and jokes. Humour is one of the most common defense mechanisms to cope with the hustle-bustle of the city. Being a stand-up comedian is a sturdy job especially standing in front of people who judge you for everything and expect laughter.

This week on The Empowering Series, host Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by a Stand-Up Comedian - Kajol Srinivasan. They dive deep into what it takes to become a stand-up comedian, how to design a comedy set to make people laugh, the challenges she overcame when she entered comedy, and how to deal with negative comments and trolling on social media.

She also talks about why she ditched a successful career for free pizza, and shares some secret mantras for budding amateur comedians.

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S02 E20: The Cycle of Life Pt 2: PCOD & PCOS

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"People want to change their bodies without changing their minds. When you change your mind, you will achieve your body targets must easier."_Zarina Poonawalla

This week on The Empowering Seris, Zarina Poonawalla is joined by a celebrity fitness coach, and owner of Topspin, a Mumbai-based spinning studio, Baqar Nasser for the second part of 'TheCycle of Life'. On this episode, they dive deep into PCOD & PCOS and how it is increasing among teenage girls. They also talk about the right diet and exercise to reduce fat and boost metabolism.

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S02 E19: The Cycle of Life Pt 1: Introduction to Spinning

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"For me, cycling is all about freedom, empowerment, and passion."_ Baqar Nasser

What empowers us to wake up against our own will and find time to work out? This week on The Empowering Series, host Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by a celebrity fitness coach, and owner of Topspin, a Mumbai-based spinning studio, Baqar Nasser. He talks about his journey from cycling to fitness expert, shift from hating cycling to winning 11 cycling championships, and to finally starting an indoor cycling studio also called spinning.

He also talks about the importance of exercise and gives insights on how to live a healthy and thriving lifestyle.

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S02 E18: #SherrinIsCaring

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“A painter paints pictures on canvas. But musicians paint their pictures on silence.”_ Leopold Stokowski

This week on The Empowering Series, host Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is in conversation with singer, composer, actor, content creator, and part of India's first and only boy band, 'A band of boys' - Sherrin Varghese. He shares insights about his music gigs, his first album, journey before boy band, finding a support system in his wife, and struggles he faced in his music career.

In the second half, he talks about his current project that he has produced called 'TheCircuit', which is a brand new intellectual property. It is a guest based live streaming chat show with musicians, hosted by maverick pop star where musicians perform for the online virtual audiences.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.

S02 E17: Like Father, Like Son

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For some fathers allowing their son to take a lead role in a company can be a difficult task. But for others, being able to work with your son fills them with pride. So, can the bond between a dad and child be an advantage when starting or running a business?

This week on The Empowering Series, host Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by the dynamic duo- Ashdin Doctor, Founder of Awesome 180 & podcaster and his father Vispy Doctor, Chairman & Managing Director at Ormax Consultants.

Vispy takes us through the journey of Ormax Consultants, what its all about, how they came upon this name, the idea behind starting Ormax, and the experience of working with his son under one roof. Ashdin also talks about his idea of how to make people healthy and the idea behind starting Awesome 180.

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S02 E16: Life, Laughter, Death

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If laughter is the best medicine, Suresh Menon is our doctor

This week on The Empowering Series, host Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by a very popular comedian and TV/Radio personality - Suresh Menon. He shares his journey from quitting his secure job as an admin, to getting his first project with RK Studio, and challenges he faced in his acting career.

He shares some funny anecdotes from his comedy era, his equation with Sajid Khan and José Covaco and how he started his radio show, Kaanmasti.

He also gives tips on how one should handle trolling and negative comments on social media.

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S02 E15: Being a Single Parent

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Life as a single parent can be quite tedious. A single parent's duties are not any different, except that you're alone and on your own. Single parenting is so much more than one imagines it to be. You not only have to take care of yourself, but also of the other members of the family, on one person's income.

This week on The Empowering Series, host Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by Neetu Ailsinghani, Vice President - Operations with an Investment Bank. Neetu, a happy single mother, shares her personal experiences of being a single mom, her equation with her 18-year daughter and the challenges she faced while raising her.

Neetu also shares some tips on how to spend more time with your children and some fun anecdotes about her daughter.

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S02 E14: Two Friends Get Baked

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Starting a business with your best friends isn't an easy endeavor. Partnering with your best friend is incredibly rewarding, yet it comes with its own challenges. During work hours, you'll need to interact more formally than you do when you hangout outside the office. But we all want co-founders who can push us, can be our support system, can drive us to achieve more, and have a good understanding of what makes a formidable team.

This week on The Empowering Series, Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by Sinhaar Rodrigues & Vaibhav Aggarwala, Co-founders & Directors at Get Baked. Together they discuss how they started their business, who initiated the idea, their struggles, how they deal with their friendship, and give tips to the millennials who want to get into entrepreneurship, especially with their friends.

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S02 E13: Be The Real You

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Revealing your sexual orientation or gender identity, be it lesbian, gay, bi-sexual or transgender, can be an extremely daunting prospect. It takes a lot of courage, especially coming out to your parents. Many also fear how their friends and society will respond. Homosexuality is normal, and needs to be normalized. It is not a mental illness or a disease. We all have the right to choose whom we wish to marry and spend the rest of our lives with, and we should be able to do so without fear of being ridiculed.
On this week's episode, host Zarina Poonwalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by TEDx speaker and Queer Influencer - R Balaji. Bala, who likes to refer to himself as 'Bala Girl'. He shares his story of being gay, coming out to those closest to him, finding a support system in his mother, the struggles he faced during his school life and some extremely motivational people that he met who changed his destiny.
The conversation also touches upon cross-dressing, homophobia, bullying and how one should accept their identity with pride.

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S02 E12: Develop Your Skill Set

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"Quitting is not a solution at any given point of time, be it a job, be it life, be it anywhere." _Vishal Keswani

This week on The Empowering Series, Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by Managing Director, Genetic Callnet Consultancy Pvt. Ltd - Vishal Keswani. Together they talk about how you can discover a suitable career and how to deal with conflicts in any industry. He shares tips to develop one's skill-set, to have confidence about what you say, where you talk, when you talk and sourcing the correct information. He guides the people to pick the right job knowing the area of expertise and how to crack an interview.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.

S02 E11: Unapologetic Motherhood

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Motherhood and work are at odds and as George H Brimhall said, 'If you avoid difficult things, great things will avoid you'. Even though being a mother and entrepreneur is challenging, the desire for work can make anything possible. For all the women, motherhood is a beautiful feeling yet balancing motherhood and work is a strenuous task. Women who do both, have to make endless compromises and trade-offs.

This week on The Empowering Series, host Zarina Poonawalla is joined by Podcaster and Food Blogger- Perzen Patel. Together they talk about mompreneurs, finding a balance between work and motherhood, helicopter parenting, and a lot more.

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S02: E10: Mantra To a Successful Relationship

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Whether it's the first week of dating or the tenth year of marriage, all relationships naturally hit rough patches. We've all seen couples whose relationships seem flawless even though no relationship is perfect. A healthy relationship takes a lot of time, patience, commitment, and loyalty.

This week on The Empowering Series, Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by two guests: Theater Actor and Celebrity Personality- Benaf Dadachandji & Chinese Chef and Serial Entrepreneur- Norman Hou. Benaf, popularly known for her character Baby from the television show 'Baa Bahoo Aur Baby' dated Norman Huo for 10 years and recently got married to him. Together they talk about their 10 year relationship and the 'Mantra' for a healthy relationship. They also talk about the importance of commitment and loyalty.

Tune in to the episode for tips shared by Norman on how one should sustain, grow and evolve in a relationship.

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S02 E09: Creating a Gender Neutral Workplace

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The lifeblood of any organization are its employees. In this era of technology and globalization, many companies are making an effort to make the workplace more culturally diverse. Cultural diversity at work is when companies are ready to hire employees from different backgrounds regardless of race, caste, gender, and religion. Diversity and Innovation plays an important role as companies with diverse workforce culture perform better.

On episode 9 of The Empowering Series, Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by Amber Rana - Founder, Corpus legal and Podcaster. They talk about gender equality, the importance of diversity, innovation, and equality at the workplace. They also discuss feminism, women empowerment, and gender-neutral laws.

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S02 E08: Iden D'souza

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Whether your goal is to send your kids to college or to go for a nice vacation to your dream destination, investing is very necessary. Investments are important because earning money is not enough. Many people don't invest because they think it needs a lot of money. The truth is one can invest with little money in mutual funds, SIPs, tax saving bonds, etc.

On this week's episode, host Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Peak Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by Iden D' Souza, Marketing Director at Powertalk (UK) Limited. They talk about investment and savings and give tips to millennials on the right way to spend and invest with little money.

You can listen to this show and other awesome shows on the IVM Podcasts app on Android: https://ivm.today/android or iOS: https://ivm.today/ios, or any other podcast app.

S02 E07: Making The Big Switch

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Ever felt like the job you once loved no longer makes you feel motivated or excited? Maybe it's not just the job but the entire industry you're into. You suddenly realize that you're not passionate about it and it's time to make a big switch in your life.

On this week's episode, host Zarina Poonwalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Peak Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by Raachyeta Sharma, Co-founder of The Open Library Project & Publishing Infinity. They discuss making a big switch at your workplace, moving from being an employee to an employer, how one should be mentally prepared and be ready for shocks and surprises. They also talk about rejection, uncertainty and how one should be patient and not get edgy.

Zarina also shares 7 cheat codes on acing the big switch, and a lot more.

You can follow Raachyeta Sharma (host of Paperback) on Instagram @RaachyetaSharma

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S02 E06: Ability to Adapt

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Change and adaptability aren’t easy. In today’s work culture, change occurs faster than ever before. Due to this, developing the skill of adaptability and learning becomes particularly important. Developing new habits and new mindsets can be very difficult. Adaptability is key to satisfying and successful work life. It's seen that employees who adapt to change have more chances to achieve success.

On the sixth episode of The Empowering Series, host Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by Amrut Dhumal, Co-founder & Chief Learning Officer, Mindseed Preschools & Vishwajyot Group of Schools. They talk about adaptability and learning at the workplace. Zarina also shares 7 cheat codes to ace the art of learning, relearning and adapting at work.

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S02 E05: Happiness and Productivity at Work

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'Your attitude determines your altitude'.

Have you woken up and thought - 'I don't want to go to work today'? Attitude plays a vital role at the workplace. It determines employee morale, productivity, and patience. A positive attitude helps you to cope better in stressful situations at work.

On the fifth episode of The Empowering Series, host Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker is joined by John Cherian, Co-founder & Executive Director - Enparadigm. He speaks about making employees happy and motivated at work, how a boss can make the workplace wonderful or miserable and how to motivate employees to exceed fixed expectations.

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S02 E04: 'De-Stress', Your Stress

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We are stressed when we cannot deliver what is expected from us. Half of the time people are in stress because they believe that they are not worth it. Between juggling work, family, friends and other preoccupations, we become so stressed out that it leads to mental and physical problems.

On the fourth episode of #theempoweringseries, host Zarina Poonawalla, Founder of Abbzoh Expertise Unique, Performance Coach and Motivational Speaker talks to Urooj Qureshi, Business Head Trica Clinic (Jean Claude Biguine) about dealing with stress, how one should manage stress at workplace and how stress affects our personal life. They also talk about the four 'A's of stress management, the relationship between stress and success and a lot more.

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